The College inspects offices and reviews patient records regularly to ensure that every office and dentist that administers sedation and/or general anesthesia complies with the College's Standard of Practice for the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice.
- Sets the training and qualifications for dentists who wish to administer sedation and/or general anesthesia in dental practice.
- Outlines the sedation equipment and emergency drugs required for this purpose.
- Governs the levels of sedation based on the type of permit issued and through inspections
The purpose of the inspection program is to ensure:
- Sedation equipment is present and has been properly maintained.
- Emergency drugs are present and have not expired.
- The sedation team has up-to-date CPR certification.
- The dental office has adequate access for emergency stretchers.
This checklist sets out the requirements for dental offices in more detail.
Every office providing sedation and/or general anesthesia services must have a permit issued by the College.
Every dentist who administers a level of sedation governed by the College is required to have their training and qualifications approved by the College. If approved, the dentist is issued an sedation and/or general anesthesia authorization.
All permits and authorizations must be renewed annually.
How often do inspections take place?
An initial inspection takes place before a permit is issued. Once a permit is issued, the office is inspected once every three years.